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Amid safety concerns, tight security, cinemagoers give Padmaavat a miss in Noida

Mall officials said that few patrons watched the movie on the day of its release due to rising tensions and tight security in malls and multiplexes.

noida Updated: Jan 25, 2018 22:39 IST
Vaibhav Jha
Not many cinema enthusiasts turned up for the movie at multiplexes in Noida.
Not many cinema enthusiasts turned up for the movie at multiplexes in Noida.(Virendra Singh Gosain/HT PHOTO)

The general perception that controversies help in turning a movie into a hit proved wrong as the turnout for Padmaavat movie in theatres across Noida was low.

Mall officials said that few patrons watched the movie on the day of its release due to rising tensions and tight security in malls and multiplexes.

Padmaavat, a Deepika Padukone starrer, was screened on Thursday at five different multiplexes — The Great Indian Place Mall, Spice Mall, Logix City Centre Mall, Mall of India and Wave Mall.

Violence had erupted in Noida, Ghaziabad, Delhi, Gurgaon, parts of Rajasthan and districts of Uttar Pradesh and Haryana besides NCR over the alleged controversies in the movie. Many Rajput organisations, such as the Shri Karni Sena, have shown their displeasure for the movie over the alleged ridicule of their sentiments. A public bus was vandalised in Noida on Wednesday and a bus was torched on Ghaziabad Link Road in the wee hours of Thursday.

As a result, not many cinema enthusiasts turned up for the movie at multiplexes in Noida.

At Spice Mall, the turnout was fairly low as only around 2,000 people saw the film throughout Thursday. “We had set up 34 shows of Padmaavat on a single day at Spice Mall but the turnout was only 20-25%,” Vikas, manager, Spice Cinemas, said.

At The Great India Place mall, the turnout was only 1,600 throughout the day. “We had organised 19 shows of Padmaavat at the TGIP mall but only a total of 1,600 people watched it. The total capacity for Padmaavat at our mall is being maintained at 2,500 per day,” Manish Yadav, manager, Carnival Cinemas, TGIP, said.

At the Logix City Centre Mall, the turnout for Padmaavat was 3,000 on Thursday.

“We had a total of 46 PVR shows of Padmaavat with different seating capacities on Thursday. The turnout was low as only around 3,000 people watched the movie,” a spokesperson for PVR, Logix City Centre Mall, said.

Similarly, at Wave Mall, hardly 400-500 people turned up for the movie throughout Thursday. “The turnout was lower than those of average films on regular days,” Abhijeet, security manager, Wave Mall, said.

Cinemagoers said that they were satisfied with the performance of the star cast and also that they see no reason for a controversy.

“The movie was amazing and I think all the people should watch it. The way they have shown the pride and valour of Rajput community is incredible. There is no need for a controversy,” Jyotsana Pandey, a Noida resident, said.

“I will not shy away from telling my friends about this movie and I felt great watching it,” Aamir Hussain, a Delhi resident, said.